2018-03-22 / Neighbors

Summer Camp Guide 2018

Portland Yacht Club

The Junior Program mission is to teach sailing in a safe, educational and fun environment. We aim to instill a life long love for sailing and appreciation for the sea in our youth. As one of the largest seasonal junior sailing program in Northern New England, we are proud to offer extensive programming for kids from ages 6 to 18 including learn-to-sail lessons, adventure sailing and a premier travel race team.

Junior Program classes are offered in two week cycles, M – F. The introductory classes are half day (9am-12noon/ 1-4pm), while all other classes are full day (9am – 4pm). We welcome both member and non-family members.

Portland Yacht Club is located on the Falmouth Foreside. The junior sailors practice on Casco Bay, which is sheltered by the calendar islands – an ideal location for learning. Make summer 2018 the summer to discover the joy of sailing! www.portlandyachtclub.com/junior-sailing

Children Learn By Doing At Broadturn Farm Preschool, April Vacation & Summer Camps!

The MOFGA certified organic Broadturn Farm is an authentic working farm that embodies the heritage of agriculture for children through engagement with a working landscape. Whether it be marveling at the John Deere as Farmer John rolls by or greeting the box of tiny baby chicks delivered by the mail carrier, children come home with dirty knees and great stories. The enthusiasm is infectious and sometimes children leave with a dream to farm.

Children start the day with a morning meeting and a little yoga (Those slop buckets are heavy! Even our youngest farmers need to stretch before lifting). After meeting, groups separate to take care of farm chores. The animals on the farm are fed and watered, eggs are collected and fence lines are checked. Sometimes, the wood fired oven needs to be lit for a baking project. After chore time, everyone moves into a morning activity. A typical morning activity might include grabbing a few eggs before heading to the kitchen to make something yummy! Often a trip to the stream is an option. The Silver Brook is a small tributary that runs into the Stroudwater River. It’s home to salamanders, frogs and the occasional brook trout. There also appears to be a growing population of fairies as evidenced by the heavy development of fairy houses in the region. Come join us!

For more information and to register for programs please visit www.broadturnfarm.com, or call 207.510.4822.

Camp Alsing – A Maine Summer Camp Where You Can Be You

Camp Alsing in Unity, Maine, is a co-ed residential summer camp for children ages 9-17 with high-functioning autism and other social communication challenges.

We empower our campers in a fun, supportive environment with guidance from specially-trained staff. We provide campers with the tools to solve problems more independently, and to build new connections less encumbered by the social anxiety that inhibits enjoyment of new experiences.

Our social learning program is influenced by the Social ThinkingĀ® approach of Michelle Garcia Winner, MA CCC-SLP, and the 360 Thinking Model of Executive Function Skills of Sarah Ward, MS CCC-SLP.

We believe camp is the ideal environment to build meaningful connections, and we believe Maine is the best place on earth to go to camp. Activities are offered in a “challenge by choice” environment and our campers try new activities because they feel safe, comfortable and accepted in our camp community. Activities include kayaking, swimming, canoeing, archery, fly-fishing, drama, arts and crafts, high/low ropes course, climbing wall, and so much more. www.campalsing.com , Emily@campalsing.com or 207-805-4155.

St. Peter’s Grand Slam Tennis Program

The summer tennis camps offered through the St. Peter’s Grand Slam Tennis Programs are fun, yet challenging and instructional and cater to boys and girls ages 8 - 18 at all skill levels. Our camps are taught by certified teaching pro’s & college tennis players with Foreside Fitness & Tennis as our indoor backup if it rains. Former tennis players from our camps have gone on to play tennis at Harvard, Wheaton, Colby, Penn State, and many other Div. 1, 2 &3 schools. For the beginner, a progressive format is followed. Each session teaches basic tennis strokes and strategy in an enthusiastic, but low-pressure, environment. For the intermediate and advanced players, every session consists of intense drills to refine strokes, conditioning exercises, strategy, and competitive match play.

Fournier’s Martial Arts Summer Camp


“I will increase your Child’s self confidence, how to handle bullies, teach them life skills that will last a lifetime, value their self worth, teach them to avoid peer pressure, increase their motor skills, teach them to defend themselves, and much, much more.”

Tony Fournier, who has been training in the art of Karate for 46 years, says whether you are “ 4 1/2 or 74 1/2”, Karate has the ability to increase your Self Worth and Confidence in a way that will help you find security and balance in all areas of your life. This is all done in a Fun, Safe, Nurturing and Exciting-learning environment.

Come join our 2018 Summer program. Call Now! Space is limited 797-0900 or www.portlandsbestkarate.com on facebook at Fournier’s Karate Summer Camps and After- School Programs.

WELCOME TO ARTcamp at Portland Arts and Technology High School!

Art Camp, now in its 29th year, offers a wide variety of art expireiences for children from kindergarten through 8th grade with the addition of a 9th grade intensive experience in visual arts, theater and dance.

Art Campers experience a wealth of childcentered activities in small classroom settings with professionally trained and certified teachers. Our young artists are immersed in exciting work that encourages self-expression and individual creativity. Many campers return year after year for the unique experience of Art Camp in which they find themselves in the company of like-minded peers and adults.

Our unique three-week and two-week sessions provide plenty of time for exploring projects in a variety of visual and performing arts and to work with visiting artists in a relaxed and less-hurried atmosphere appropriate to summer in Maine.

Summer At Portland Pottery in Portland, Maine

Summer at Portland Pottery is fun both inside and outside our studios! Our days run from 9am until 3 pm. Each day we have four blocks of creative activity, a long, leisurely lunch break with outdoor activities, and games. Some weeks feature visiting artists, field trips, and lunch at the Eastern Prom park. During the clay inspired weeks students will learn to throw on the pottery wheels and use different hand building techniques. Students will understand the many steps that their pieces need to go through before they can enjoy ice cream out of their handmade bowl. Pieces will be glazed and fired for a terrific end of the week art show for our campers and their families. Portland Pottery also offers Glass and Metalsmithing weeks where students learn to make beautiful pieces of Jewelry and sculpture. The Portland Pottery staff thrive to engage your child and pull out their unique creative spirit.

Horse Island Camp for Summer 2018 is waiting for your child to be a part of their family!

Located in beautiful Casco Bay on Peaks Island, Horse Island Camp is an active day camp where kindness and animal appreciation is emphasized. Accessible by the Casco Bay Lines ferry in Portland, children ages 3 and up take a morning boat ride out to reach the island. Once there, the days are filled with horseback riding, kayaking, swimming, fort exploration, games, and crafts. Activities at Horse Island Camp are voted on daily by the campers and staff which makes the children feel very involved in their own activities! Every year our repeat campers with developed skills take on “honorary aide roles” around the camp. They begin to help the younger campers in showing them how to groom and saddle up the horses. The horses in turn become aquainted with the new campers and feel the kindness and tender loving care provided to them. Doing this builds confidence, social skills, and establishes new friendships between campers.



Join Surf Camp and Salt Pump Climbing For a Thrilling Weekend

Surf + Climb Camp is a unique two day program that combines surfing in the morning with rock climbing in the afternoon, providing participants between the ages of 9 and 17 with an essential introduction to these two exhilarating and complementary activities. We start out at Scarborough Beach, one of Southern Maine’s most impressive white sandy beaches, where we enjoy a full morning out in the waves followed by lunch on the beach. After lunch, we move a few miles up the road to Salt Pump’s state of the art climbing facility, where the kids will get an intro to bouldering and climbing on walls up to 45’ tall. Total group size is limited to only 12 kids per weekend, so participants will enjoy lots of 1-on-1 coaching. The program takes place over selected weekends throughout the summer from 9am to 3pm. Book early on our website as sessions fill up quickly! Program cost: $219/pp.

MSSM STEM Summer Camp: The Camp for Curious Young Minds

The Maine School of Science and Mathematics is celebrating its 21st year of summer camp. We offer week-long experiences for campers ages 10- 14. Our campers choose from a variety of hands-on science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses. Campers partake in interactive learning experiences while also enjoying the fun of traditional summer camp. We are offering over 20 different courses this year including Solving the Rubik’s Cube, Rocketry, Computer Programming, Thermodynamics, Catapults & Trebuchets, Genetic Code, LEGO Robotics (Beginner & Advanced), Blood, Guts, & Brains, just to name a few. We also provide a variety of afternoon activities such as sports, crafts, swimming, a waterslide, and exciting evening programs. There is something fun for everyone.

MSSM Summer Camp offers financial aid scholarships for qualifying families. We also have a bus that goes to South Portland for pick up and drop off. We hope that you will join us this year for another exciting summer of learning and fun.

Please visit our website to complete our online application and for more information at www.mssm.org/summercamp

Mad Science in the Summer Time!

Mad Science of Maine offers fun, innovative, active day camps to get your child excited about science! Gallons of green glowing liquids; strange objects flying through the air; messages written in secret code; robots that play soccer; mystery substances that change from solid to liquid in seconds. Is this a fictional account of a visit to another planet? No . . . it’s a Mad Science summer camp! Be prepared to embark upon an adventure into the exciting world of science! Mad Science Camps are for ages 4-12 and offer a daily combination of inclass science exploration and active outdoor games. There are 7 exciting themes to choose from for ages 6-12 including Mission Code, MAKERS of The Future Camp, Reactions in Action, Spy Academy, Eureka! The Inventors Camp, Brixology & Engineering Camp, and Robot Recruit Camp. Mad Science also offers a Ā½ day preschool camp at North Yarmouth Academy for ages 4 & 5 called My First Lab! Whether your child has a chemistry set of their own or if they’ve never had an interest in science, this is the camp for them! Mad Science creates an atmosphere where kids can make new friends as they learn, play, create, and experiment. These fun innovative programs have something for everyone. Maybe there is something about the colorful lab coat but kids are raving about Mad Science! Mad Science offers camps in Portland, Augusta, Bath, Brunswick, Cape Elizabeth, Casco, Cumberland, Falmouth, Freeport, Gorham, Kennebunkport, Saco, Turner, Waterville, Wells, Windham, Yarmouth, York, Dover New Hampshire and more!

Register by April 1st for a discount in some locations. For more information and to register, go online to www.maine.madscience.org or call Mad Science of Maine at 878-2222.

Pilgrim Lodge

Founded in 1956, Pilgrim Lodge is a seasonal retreat center and summer camp on Lake Cobbosseecontee in West Gardiner, Maine, owned and operated by the Maine Conference, United Church of Christ. Our mission is to create community in the natural world where everyone feels safe to be their authentic self and grow spiritually.

We have sessions for children, teens, LGBTQ+ youth, adults, families, and everyone in between. Everyone is welcome at Pilgrim Lodge, no particular church affiliation needed, just an open mind and willingness to participate in an intentional community.

Whether you’re interested in arts, sports, Harry Potter, small group settings, large group activities, time to yourself, time with your family, or all of the above – there’s a camp session for you!

For more information, visit our website www.pilgrimlodge.org; find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat; or call the office at (207) 724-3200.

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